The Marine pictured above is legendary Scout/Sniper Gunnery Sergeant Carlos “White Feather” Hathcock. His exploits in Vietnam are unbelievable, except that they’re all absolutely true. He was a Sergeant (like me) when this photo was taken. He operated from Hill 55 near Danang (just up the road from my TAOR). I never met him personally, but we all knew of him and about him.
The other ten Marines are every bit as famous in Marine Corps lore, and part of our early training was to learn about them in our studies of Marine Corps history. The Marine Corps was the first elite United States fighting force, created in 1775. Before Navy SEALS, Army DELTA, Green Berets and Airborne there was the United States Marine Corps: The Few, The Proud, The Marines.
Read these eleven short Marine Corps biographies, and prepare to learn and be amazed. These eleven are just the tip of the iceberg, there are literally thousands of Marine Corps heroes, from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan and Iraq (and every conflict in-between). You may hate war and conflict, most of us do, but when the chips are down you want a Marine covering your six. Semper fidelis.
Stephen F. Dennstedt
Photographer, Writer and World Traveler
Sgt USMC 1965 – 1971
Vietnam 1967 – 1968